Rehoming of adopted children is a despicable practice that has landed many children in the hands of pedophiles and abusers. As Wisconsin leads the nation in passing a law that now makes it illegal for anyone not licensed by the state to advertise a child over age one for adoption or any other custody transfer, both in print and online, all I can say is “it’s about time!”
It’s important to remember that rehoming of adopted kids is not a benign practice that benefits all. It’s convenient for parents, it’s detrimental to children, it IS child trafficking. Human Trafficking Search points out that “technically, rehoming an adopted child is legal. Much like if a parent of a biological child couldn’t take care of the child, they could legally grant guardianship to another family. Child protective services only steps in if they suspect maltreatment of the child. If the child is foreign-born, the state doesn’t follow up with visits and most countries don’t follow up with the families that adopt their children. The majority of rehoming children is done via the Internet with websites like Yahoo Groups and Facebook. Much like rehoming a pet, the parent will post a photo and information about the child and prospective parents can respond to the message.”
Adoptees are not commodities to be bought, sold, and traded.
Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on Wednesday aimed at limiting private custody transfers of their unwanted adopted children following a disturbing report that detailed the unregulated trade of adopted minors in the state.
The legislation is a national first and was launched following a five-part Reuters investigation into the practice of “re-homing children.”
According to the news outlet’s expose, hundreds of parents were using social media sites to advertise their adopted children and were then handing them over to strangers found through the Internet.
Without proper safeguards in place, numerous children were being given to abusive adults, and in one disturbing instance a mother handed over her nine-year-old adopted son in a motel parking lot to a pedophile hours after posting a notice about the child on a Yahoo message board.
“With virtually no oversight, children could literally be traded from home to home. In…
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